Audition Information

Project Title:             “The Love Song of Charlie Beecher”

Project Info: Student Film, approx. 22 minutes. Digital Cinema MFA fellow.

Shoot Dates: 05/19/16 – 05/22/16

Shoot Notes:   Production to take place over 4 days in Lynchburg, VA. Times TBD.

Project Rate:   Some cast & crew are paid, non-union rates. DVD Copy, Credit, Meals.

Audition Info:

  • Saturday, April 2, 2016. 9am – 3pm.
  • DeMoss Hall, room 4035. Liberty University campus. 1971 University Blvd. Lynchburg, VA 24502.
  • To reserve a time slot, email your preferred role(s) and audition time(s) to ardenroadproductions@gmail.com.
  • Sides will be emailed in advance to those who reserve a time slot.
  • Video submissions / web links to reels are accepted.

Call-backs:

  • Saturday, April 9. 9am – noon. Location TBA, in Lynchburg, VA.
  • Callbacks will be arranged via email or phone around April 4.

Roles:

CHARLIE

  • Details: Male / Lead / All Ethnicities / 16-25
  • Description: 18, a high school senior, social introvert, who has never gone on a date. Straight A’s, hard-working, rides his bike to his restaurant job. He wants to ask a girl he likes to the prom.
  • Rate: Compensation TBD, DVD Copy, Credit, Meals.

 

PRUFROCK

  • Details: Male / Supporting / All Ethnicities / 35-60
  • Description: Mid-forties, social introvert, self-conscious, has never professed his interest in a woman he likes. Passes time drinking coffee, reading, and wishing he had the courage to tell Miss Haywood he likes her.
  • Rate: Compensation TBD, DVD Copy, Credit, Meals.

 

KATE

  • Details: Female / Supporting / All Ethnicities / 16-25
  • Description: 17-18, high school senior, very attractive. A fan of literature, a cheerleader, and a waitress where Charlie busses tables. All the guys like her, especially Charlie, who sees her as his dream date, if he ever gets the courage to ask her to prom.
  • Rate: Compensation TBD, DVD Copy, Credit, Meals.

 

MISS HAYWOOD

  • Details: Female / Supporting / All Ethnicities / 35-60
  • Description: Mid-forties, English teacher, a patron at the restaurant where Charlie works, unknowingly the object of Prufrock’s silent affection.
  • Rate: Compensation TBD, DVD Copy, Credit, Meals.

 

BOBBY

  • Details: Male / Supporting / All Ethnicities / 16-25
  • Description: 18, a high school senior, outgoing, C student, basketball player. The prototypical stud, any girl would surely like to be his prom date..
  • Rate: Compensation TBD, DVD Copy, Credit, Meals.

 

TINA

  • Details: Female / Supporting / All Ethnicities / 16-25
  • Description: 17-18, high school senior, not nearly as attractive as Kate. Boy-crazy cheerleader who desperately wants Bobby to ask her, not Kate, to the prom.
  • Rate: Compensation TBD, DVD Copy, Credit, Meals.

 

BANKSY

  • Details: Male / Supporting / All Ethnicities / 18-30
  • Description: 22, married with children, employee at the tuxedo shop. A former high-school stud who encourages Charlie to go for his dream date.
  • Rate: Compensation TBD, DVD Copy, Credit, Meals.

 

  1. LOWELL
  • Details: Male / Supporting / All Ethnicities / 35-60
  • Description: Mid-fifties, restaurant manager. Charlie’s boss who gets irritated with the other teenagers he employs.
  • Rate: Compensation TBD, DVD Copy, Credit, Meals.

 

JOCK 1 and JOCK 2

  • Details: Male / Bit Part / All Ethnicities / 16-25
  • Description: Teammates with Bobby on the basketball team.
  • Rate: Compensation TBD, DVD Copy, Credit, Meals.

 

FRESHMAN GIRL

  • Details: Female / Bit Part / All Ethnicities / 12-16
  • Description: Freshman girl on the bus.
  • Rate: Compensation TBD, DVD Copy, Credit, Meals.

 

EXTRAS

  • Details: Male & Female / Extras / All Ethnicities / all ages
  • Description: Classmates, restaurant patrons, mall patrons, bus-riders, dancers.
  • Rate: Compensation TBD, DVD Copy, Credit, Meals.

Genre: Romantic comedy

Logline: Introverted teenager Charlie Beecher sees his future self in the person of J. Alfred Prufrock and tries to change his destiny by asking a girl to the prom.

Short Synopsis: Charlie wants to fit in and enjoy the fun of his remaining senior year, so he decides to ask Kate to the prom. With encouragement from his adult friend Banksy, Charlie tries to overcome his inexperience and insecurities, but he fails in his initial attempts. The fact that Bobby plans on asking Kate in just a few days puts a time crunch on Charlie’s hopes. Meanwhile, he watches a Prufrock-like gentleman fail to profess his love to Miss Haywood. Charlie gets one last opportunity to ask Kate, but will he overcome unexpected obstacles and get his date?

 

Concept

Based upon T.S. Eliot’s 1915 poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (a sad and dark stream-of-consciousness confession of a depressed, middle-aged man), this film adaptation is a light-hearted, modern day, high-school romantic comedy. In the Eliot poem, Prufrock doesn’t change; he never asserts himself with the woman he likes. However, “The Love Song of Charlie Beecher” employs Eliot’s lines to present a younger protagonist who changes not only his own destiny but that of the original Prufrock.

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